A Book a Day? What's Up With That?

Hi, and welcome to this year-long project. So what's this all about and how did it happen, you might ask. In mid 2007, artist Noah Scalin decided to make a skull out of anything he could find, every day for a year. It stretched him in ways he never imagined, as an artist, a writer and a person. His experience turned into a blog that went viral, and then a book.

Others have picked up on the idea: 365 Hearts, 365 Masks, 365 Bears drawn on a cellphone, 365 paper napkin mustaches.
I wanted to play, too, and I chose books. I love books, I know a bit about making books (thanks to my talented book-maker sister, Marilyn Worrix), and they're broad enough in definition to give me a lot of creative leeway.

The whole point is not really the books. The idea is to stretch myself in many ways as an artist and a person, to set up a discipline, stick with it and see what that teaches me.

I hope you'll join with me and follow along on the journey chronicled here, and let me know what you think.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Day 24-A Little Pamphlet Book with Sanded Covers

I made this simple little pamphlet stitch book today because I wanted to play with the really cool paper I found at Jo-Ann's. It's two-sided, red on one side, black on the other. And the black side can be torn, sanded, scratched, etc. to reveal the red.

The word "Ideas" on the cover is simply scratched onto the paper with the point of an Xacto knife. I scraped some of the black off in places with the knife, too, and sanded it with medium grit sand paper. I like the torn edge best, where it shows the core red. The book has 20 text-weight pages and is stitched with red thread in a single signature with a pamphlet stitch and a black/white/red porcelain bead on the spine.

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